Journal of Health and Medical Sciences

ISSN 2622-7258

Published: 18 May 2020

Lung Ultrasound on Critical Ill Patient with Lung Pathology

Khotib Amin Zamayel, Reza Widianto Sudjud

Padjajaran University, Indonesia

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10.31014/aior.1994.03.02.115

Pages: 196-199

Keywords: Consolidations, Critical, Lung, Pleural Effusion, Ultrasound

Abstract

Differential diagnosis and treatment of critical ill patients with chest X-ray opacifications may be challenging. This particularly includes patients with respiratory failure due to hemodynamic instability. Opacifications in chest x-ray may be due to hemothorax, pleural effusion, atelectasis or consolidations. Physical examination may not always represent the cause of its opacity and thus not always contribute the right therapeutic approach. In that case, bedside ultrasound may be very helpful. We present two cases with similar x-rays but different diagnosis with the aid of bedside ultrasound. There is documented ultrasound accuracy in distinguishing pleural effusion and consolidations.

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